Foreigners ruled out in GOB’s Search for a Police Commissioner Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 07 June 2012 00:00

The Belize Police Department has ways to go before it regains the confidence of the Belizean people. However, they have made some strides. Recently, the department has shown a willingness to go after its own and, when they do, they do it hard. Perhaps, it has been a double edged sword. The public sees more officers being arrested and the perception of corruption within the department increases. Also, officers see their fellow “squaddy” being treated like a common criminal and their morale drops even lower. However, Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of Defense, is not a man that leads based on perception or emotions. He has established a zero-tolerance policy on corruption within the force and the leaders of the department have governed by that policy.

Acting Commissioner of Police, David Henderson, has performed well during his tenure at the helm. According to people in the force, he is fair to officers and passionate about police work. Assistant Commissioner of Police and Officer Commanding CIB, Alden Dawson, has also been impressive of late. Perhaps, there has been none more impressive than Assistant Commissioner of Police, Elodio Aragon, Jr. His ability to strategize is a great asset to the force. His Jaguar operation has been the most effective in years and the redistricting of Belize City should yield welcoming results in the near future.

With individuals such as Henderson, Dawson, Aragon and others running the department, the city just might be saved. The calls for a foreign Commissioner of Police have now ended. Minister Saldivar announced that Cabinet has backed his decision to kill the prospect of hiring a foreigner to run the department. The Government of Belize has full confidence in the individuals currently running the department and knows that one of them will make a fine Commissioner.